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Old 09-23-2010, 09:28 AM
 
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oh wow! Thanks pitt_transplant! I am very much like "Jane" and "Kate" under my height and weight, it helps so much to know what other builds look like. We are our own worst critique you know. Now on to try to find Jane/Kate's body type at a lower weight so I can set a realistic goal for myself.

Bellaluna-I do strive for low"er" carb life style but I still eat whole grains and fruit. I think it is because I have greatly limited the processed foods that I eat. I have a 1/4 acre garden and everything.
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Old 09-23-2010, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Old 09-23-2010, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Overland Park, KS
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FWIW, my insurance agent pays no attention to BMI. I called the other week to price 20 yr term rates. I'm 5'11 205 M. I'm "borderline obese" (even according to Wii Fit). I think it was the best rates 200 and below for 5'11 and my agent said they don't look at that. I've even asked my Doc for a "healthy" weight and it was 190.
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Old 09-26-2010, 07:33 AM
 
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I'm the same way as OP. I'm 5'6" and 185-190 and I am no where "obese" looking...now I wouldnt wear a bikini or anything. My weight is all in my legs/hips/butt...but proportioned just right, and I'm built quite muscular for a girl. I wish I had a pic to share...but I too think the BMI is misleading.
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Old 09-26-2010, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Canada
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I don't think BMI accounts for the a person's frame,muscle mass or bone structure etc.
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Old 09-26-2010, 11:18 AM
 
Location: 38°14′45″N 122°37′53″W
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I think that the BMI is useful as a reference though. And I do believe that 5'6" 185/190 is NOT healthy in the long run.
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Old 09-27-2010, 11:54 AM
 
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I don't trust BMI. I am 4'11", and the skinniest I have ever been as and adult was 120 lbs during the senior year of high school. But, it says I should really be around 110? Even being 120 (I'm not now, ) I didn't look big or have any health problems.
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Old 09-27-2010, 01:52 PM
 
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BMI is not a body fat percentage calculator. Some of you are thinking that BMI calculates body fat percentage, which it doesn't. The first picture does look quite overweight, it's not that easy to tell from the picture if she's obese or not, but definitely not healthy. I think we as Americans are so used to seeing overweight and obese people that we are used to it. We look at 250-300 lbs people and think, hey I'm not that bad. Humans are not meant to be 200 lbs. The average American man used to weigh 155 lbs., which is what I consider to be about normal. Watch older movies from the 60's and 70's and you'll see that most people were average looking. About 150-160, not the behemoths we have today. Anything with a BMI over 25 puts a strain on the body, it doesn't matter much the body composition.
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Old 09-28-2010, 07:44 AM
 
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My husband wouldn't look healthy at 150-160...

People tend to be bigger than they used to be. Petite, small boned women used to be the norm but that isn't necessarily the case anymore. I'm 5'5 but even when I weighed 118 pounds I couldn't have fit into my mother's wedding dress. I'm a bigger person.

When I go to a museum and look at some of the clothes that people wore in the 1800's, it's amazing how tiny those clothes are. Even the beds that people slept in were really short. But times were tougher back then.

That said, I'm 5'5 1/2, female with a medium build. When I'm working out, I look/feel good (lean/toned/trim) at 150-155lbs. When I'm not working out, I look good if I keep it below 145.

I'm currently trying - slowly and steadily- to get back down to a healthy weight. I'm hoping to get there by the summer.
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Old 09-30-2010, 10:09 AM
 
Location: 38°14′45″N 122°37′53″W
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BMI is not a body fat percentage calculator. Some of you are thinking that BMI calculates body fat percentage, which it doesn't. The first picture does look quite overweight, it's not that easy to tell from the picture if she's obese or not, but definitely not healthy. I think we as Americans are so used to seeing overweight and obese people that we are used to it. We look at 250-300 lbs people and think, hey I'm not that bad. Humans are not meant to be 200 lbs. The average American man used to weigh 155 lbs., which is what I consider to be about normal. Watch older movies from the 60's and 70's and you'll see that most people were average looking. About 150-160, not the behemoths we have today. Anything with a BMI over 25 puts a strain on the body, it doesn't matter much the body composition.
Yes, BMI is a very useful tool, if you understand what it is in the first place.

Medically the definition of Obesity is 20% over ideal body weight.

Which is generally 30 - 40 pounds above ideal weight.

Obesity in adults has been tracked since the 70's and frankly we are one FAT country.

in the 70's only 20-30% of adults were obese
nowadays it is 75% !!!!!!!

Obesity surpassed tobacco as the number one contributor of diseases:
coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, arthritis, etc. in 2003.

BMI in the ideal range will keep you healthy and add roughly 7 years to your life.
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